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Dmitry V. Zyuzin

Dmitry V. Zyuzin Dmitry V. Zyuzin

Hero of the Soviet Union (1944), test-pilot of the 1st class (1954), colonel.

Dmitry Zyuzin was born on November 1, 1921 in the city of Maikop in Adygei autonomous region of Krasnodar Krai. In 1938 he graduated from Maikop aero club.

Since 1938 Dmitry Zyuzin was in the army. In 1940, he graduated from Yeysk Naval aviation school for pilots. He served in Naval combatant forces of the Air Force.

Dmitry Zyuzin was a participant of the Great Patriotic War: from September, 1942 to January, 1945 - a pilot, the deputy commander of aviasquadron of the 11th Guards fighter regiment (air forces of the Black Sea fleet). He has performed 496 combat flights, 56 air combats, where he has brought down 11 enemy airplanes, personnaly, and 8 airplanes, in group.

In 1945 Dmitry Zyuzin finished Naval Air Force higher courses for officers (the city of Mozdok). Until 1948 he continued his service in naval aviation. In 1950 he graduated from the Test-Pilot School.

From 1950 to 1954 Dmitry Zyuzin was engaged in flight-test work in Flight Research Institute n.a. M.M. Gromov. He has performed tests of NK-12 engines on Tu-4LL flying laboratory, tests of MiG-15 with ABM slot machine (1952), performed high-speed taxing of the first soviet airplane with cropped delta wing - Yak-1000 (1951). He was also engaged in a number of other tests within the scope of the institute's activities.

From 1954 to 1957 Dmitry Zyuzin was engaged in flight-test work in Tupolev design bureau. He has lifted in the sky and carried out tests of Tu-91 combat airplane (1954) and Tu-110 passenger plane (1957), took part in adjusting Tu-16 bomber's aerial fuelling system. He has also carried out a large work on adjusting Tu-91's power plant using Tu-4LL flying laboratory.

Since 1957 Dmitry Zyuzin was reserved. Until 1962 he worked as a leading engineer in Tupolev design bureau. Dmitry Zyuzin lived in the city of Zhukovsky of the Moscow region. He died on July 12, 1976. He was buried at the Bykovskoe cemetery in Zhukovsky.

Dmitry Zyuzin was awarded the Order of Lenin and the Gold Star medal (1944), two Orders of the Red Banner, the Orders of the Patriotic War of the 1st class, the Order of the Red Star and medals.

A street in Maikop, native city of Dmitry Zyuzin, is named after the Hero. Also, there is a memorial board in the city.